after meeting the dynamic young adults that enrolled in our first class we feel validated that this program is what is needed for our communities, for our local economy and for all of St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO (PRWEB)
August 10, 2017
National nonprofit NPower, announces today that recruitment is now open for the next cohort of students of the NPower flagship program, Tech Fundamentals, for the St. Louis area. The Tech Fundamentals program is offered free of charge to young adults from St. Louis’ vulnerable communities. It is a 22-week intensive course that involves IT training, professional skills coaching, corporate site visits, technology certifications such as the CompTIA A+, a paid internship and job assistance.
NPower St. Louis was established in early 2017 after identifying a need on both ends of the employment spectrum and with a great deal of support by the local technology industry. By providing young adults an alternative training module and pathway to technology careers, the program aims to help local employers fill important gaps in employment due to lack of skilled entry-level workers. Students are not required to have a college degree or any college experience prior to entering the program. The first class of students graduated in June and students are already being placed in full time positions in information technology. Wasting no time, NPower St. Louis has already begun the second run of the program, this time doubling the class size to include both a morning and afternoon session. The third cohort, which is what is currently open for recruitment, will also offer two classes.
“The St. Louis technology and business communities welcomed NPower immediately,” said Trina Clark James, Regional Director of NPower St. Louis, “and after meeting the dynamic young adults that enrolled in our first class we feel validated that this program is what is needed for our communities, for our local economy and for all of St. Louis.” In general, NPower programs, which are offered to veterans and/or young adults from underserved communities, depending on the region, boast an overall success rate of fulltime placement in jobs or education of 80% within one year of program completion. The workforce development program is always offered free of charge and curriculum is informed…